Upon close examination of Google Maps and Bing Maps along the coastal regions of Indonesia on the Sunda Plate, it is apparent that mapped shorelines often do not match the most recent satellite imagery.
By popular demand, the following example is provided for those intent on exploring these discrepancies further.
1. In Google Maps, select satellite view and move the map over Indonesia:
3. In Google Earth, zoom into the same region to determine coordinates of the location you're examining. For this example, we'll use the following coordinates: 2.543261 N 95.917750 E
4. Entering these same coordinates into Bing Maps and comparing the "Road" and "Aerial" views, disparities are also evident.
It should be noted that images obtained on Google Maps and Bing Maps are not accurately time stamped. Actual dates of satellite imagery can be ascertained using Google Earth by selecting the "historical imagery" icon.